Who Will Police The Police?

Hannawi, Lara

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‘On the murder of Walter Scott’, “This limited-edition chapbook is a creative rendering of fifty New York Times reader comments; written in response to the article + video 'South Carolina Officer is Charged with Murder of Walter Scott' from April 7th, 2015. The book is a creative rendering of these fifty New York Times comments and form a people's narrative of the murder and its aftermath. They were selected out of more than 4000 comments.”

50 reader comments on an article about and a video of the murder of a black man by a white police officer, these comments, condemning the shooting and calling for justice, are interspersed with fragments from 'The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave'; in these fragments, the famous abolitionist and reformer Frederick Douglass describes a scene he witnessed as a slave on a 19th century plantation: the brutal murder of a slave named ‘Demby’ by a white overseer; the two murders, those of Walter Scott and Demby, bear a disturbing resemblance, by juxtaposing historical and contemporary violence against black Americans, Hannawi emphasises that institutional racism and violence committed by white authority figures against black people are not a thing of the past but persist to this very day; with a headline on the shooting printed across the two middle pages, dedicated to the memory of Walter Scott (1965-2015), text in English, soft cover, sewn, 21 x 15 cm, 72 not numbered pages, numbered/300, 3rd ed. New York 2018